Faith: Which is easier for Jesus?


Our lives are filled with many self-contradictions.  Regarding our conduct, too often we profess to believe that a certain thing is true but then act in a totally opposite direction when it comes to the application of that belief to our personal lives.  Have you ever felt that good can come but experience pessimism that it will come for us?  Have you ever felt encouraged that things will get better and yet discouraged about the state of our life facing the same situation?  We can look at circumstances and express a real sense of hope, and moments later declare feelings of profound hopelessness about the same circumstances.
I fear that we do this with Jesus, and the power of God at work in our lives.  We avow that “All things work together for good...” (Romans 8:28) and yet we are consumed with fear thoughts as to how we’re going to possibly survive the situation.  Romans 8:28 ( KJV ) 28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
We avow that we believe that God is at work in us (Phil. 2:13) both “to will and to do according to his good pleasure,” and yet we sometimes act like, “Well, He does that for other people, but I have no talents that God or this church can use; nothing to contribute.”  Philippians 2:12-13 (KJV) 12 “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. ¹³ For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
Consider one who says: “I believe that Jesus can forgive a person of their sins,” and then we shy away from God, the church, and sometimes from our fellow man as if we’ve committed an unforgivable sin.  It’s almost as if we hold back a little parenthesis that says “Yes, But!” – “I believe God can save sinners, but I doubt if he will forgive me.”
To help us develop a Biblical perspective, consider an incident recorded in Jesus’ life recorded in Matthew 9:1-7 (KJV) ¹“And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city. ²And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. ³And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. ⁴And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? ⁵For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?  6But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. 7And he arose, and departed to his house.”
Consider the things we freely ask God to do in our prayers:  Forgive sins; Be with our missionaries; Help our nation; Bring world peace; Bless the works of the church with success.  All of these are requests requiring enormous power, yet, we make them so frequently we rarely think about them.  Not only do we feel comfortable making such requests, but we also confidently make them, and yet we are hesitant to ask God to help us with real, pressing personal problems. Often we are convinced there is nothing God can do, so we never ask.  So I ask you to honestly consider which is easier for the Lord: to forgive me of my sins or to help me with a personal problem?  Why do we not see that God has the power to do both?

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